Bournemouth win on top-flight return as Lerma and Moore sink Aston Villa

Bournemouth win on top-flight return as Lerma and Moore sink Aston Villa

Perhaps Scott Parker’s frank forewarning was a feat of kidology. Bournemouth’s manager did not sugarcoat his words in the buildup to their first Premier League game in two years, saying his squad was under-resourced and weaker than the one promoted from the Championship. The reality is Bournemouth totally outsmarted an Aston Villa team fresh from a summer facelift. The hosts flew out of the blocks, Jefferson Lerma leathering in on three minutes after feasting on some poor Villa defending, and they doubled their advantage with 10 minutes to play when Kieffer Moore headed in unchallenged. Bournemouth deserved victory on their return to this level but for Steven Gerrard, who acknowledged his side need to walk the walk after a positive pre-season, this alarming display will have provided a rude awakening. …
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